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Thailand Aggressor Captain s Log
23 July – 30 July 2016
*Air Temp. 30c
*Water Temp. 29c
* Visibility 15-30m
Second Captain: Rong
Cruise Director: Clive
Divemaster (Myanmar): Kobai
Dinghy Driver: May
Chef: Pi Phorn
Chef: Pa Phorn
Steward: Yan & Aung
Guests: Joerg, Jolanda, Alessia, Andy, Andrew, Rachel, Choi, Jackie, Max, Phillippe, Joe, Dennis & Jerry.
Sunday – Northern Rocky, Northern Rocky Pinnacle, Crayfish Cave, Eagle s Nest
Monday – Black Rock * 4
Tuesday – Twin Cheeks, In through the outdoor, South Flanker, North Flanker
Wednesday – Frog Rock, Three Sisters, Boulder Rock, West Tip
Thursday – Fan Forest Pinnacle, Fan Forest Pinnacle, Western Rocky
Friday – Cockscoombe Island x2
Saturday 23rd July 2016
The guests arrived to the Thailand Aggressor around 3:00pm. After a welcome drink they set up their dive equipment and gathered in the saloon for the welcome briefing. The guests enjoyed a great three meal course, chatted and got to know each other and went to bed after a few drinks.
Sunday 24th July 2016
The first dive was at Northern Rocky. The visibility was great and the lack of current made it a fantastic first dive. On the dive we were greeted by turtles, moray ells, mantis shrimps, barracudas and octopuses. The second dive was at Northern Rock Pinnacle and like the first dive the conditions were great. During the dive we came upon several cuttlefish and some large scorpion fish among other marine life. After the dive ended we moved the boat to Western Rocky for a dive a Crayfish Cave and Eagle s nest. The tunnel at Crayfish Cave didn t disappoint as we saw more than a handful of big lobsters. Once we came out of the tunnel we finished the dive along the sheer walls of the island. After the forth dive we got the dinghies back on the boat and went on a 12-hour cruise to Black Rock as the sun went down.
Monday 25th July 2016
We woke up next to Black Rock in sunny calm conditions. The massive cliffs make for a dramatic underwater landscape. As soon as we entered the water we saw a big number of rainbow runners and barracudas. Once on the reef we saw giant, fimbriated and white eyed moray eels, loads of scorpion fishes from small to large and other typical reef life. Half way through the dive we found two beautiful frogfishes. A giant red one and a small white one. The customers were thrilled and the fishes were photographed from all possible angles. On our second dive we were joined by a large group of curious batfishes who followed us for most of the dive. Third and forth dive had more fish action and we found another frogfish and a beautiful eagle ray swam by. We had a nice 5-hour sail southbound to North Twin Island.
Tuesday 26th July 2016
We woke up next to North Twin Island ready for our first dive at Twin Cheeks. No waves, no current and an incredible visibility. Throughout the dive we had 20-30 barracudas and a few rainbow runners following us around the site. The highlight of the dive was an octopus showing off it s abilities to change color and shape. The second dive was at In through the outdoor at Three Islets. As usual the canyon looked stunning with the yellow sponges and vast number of fish. Two very large cobias greeted us as we entered the water. The third and forth dive were at the northern and southern rocks. We found a few tiger tail seahorses, some amazing shells and an abundance of fish. After the last dive we moved towards Mcloud Island while the guests were dining on fresh fish and enjoying a glass of white wine.
Wednesday 27th July 2016
The guests woke up at 6.30 and had their mandatory cup of coffee before the first briefing went underway. The dive site was Frog Rock and again the conditions were great. We jumped on the southern corner and followed the ridge to the bottom. On the way we encountered a banded sea snake, a giant octopus and a few rare pipe fishes. The orange and yellow soft corals on the site were stunning. For the second dive we moved to Three Sisters in pursue for special critters. It was a lovely dive and one group ended up spending almost 20mins with an eagle ray. The third dive was at Boulder Rock not far from the Three Sisters. The giant granite proved to be another fantastic dive with two large Blotched Fan tail rays and two beautiful Harlequin Shrimps among other things. The fourth and fifth dives were done in shallow areas off Mcloud Island and presented us with a baby Harlequin Shrimp and a pretty Spanish Dancer among other things. The day ended with a Japanese inspired dinner.
Thursday 28th July 2016
The morning started with a short cruise to Fan Forest Pinnacle, which is located several miles from the nearest island. The visibility was fantastic and it made the dive extra spectacular as the guests could see all of the underwater landscape. The hundreds of huge sea fans looked healthy and thriving. The highlight of the dive was two cuddle fishes making out. On the second dive at Fan Forest Pinnacle we enjoyed hanging out with a few turtles, a shy sea horse and some amazing shells. Our third dive was done at Western Rocky and the tunnel looked absolutely amazing with 30-40 meters visibility. We moved the boat to a quiet bay and enjoyed a great meal as the sun went down.
Friday 29th July 2016
The last day of diving began at Cocks Coombe Island. We jumped on the eastern corner of the island and had a great reef dive. A curious turtle followed us for some of the dive. As usual we ended the dive in the beautiful lagoon in the middle of the island. The second dive was also near Cocks Coombe Island and it turned out to be a lovely easy dive with loads of nudi branchs. As the guests sat down for lunch we started sailing towards the mainland of Myanmar for some shopping and clearing immigration. We arrived back in Thailand early in the evening and the last night was spent relaxing and going through the photos taken on the trip.
Saturday 30th July 2016
All our guests rose very early and after breakfast departed the ship met some great people and made some new friends…..